Producer: Aldo Conterno

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Nebbi-oh-lo’

Region: Piemonte, Italy

Zone: DOCG of Barolo

Producer Info:

Giovanni Conterno brought his family back from Argentina to the small winemaking farm of his father Giuseppe in Monforte d'Alba and started helping him in the production of local wine. With his return to the business, Conterno increased the production of wine, to be sold in casks not only in Italy but also as far as America, thanks to a relative who had stayed out in Argentina. In response to market demand, the Conternos then felt the need to create a superior Barolo, to be produced exclusively from the best vintages, with a long vinification period and capable of lasting over time. During these years, his sons Giovanni and Aldo began to assist and follow their father in running the business. In the mid-'50s Aldo decided to set out for America, with the ambition of creating a vine-growing and winemaking business with the help of an uncle who lived in California. After working for 5 years in America, Aldo to carry out the dream of running his own business. He bought the "Favot" farm and founded the estate "Poderi Aldo Conterno" in 1969.

Tasting note: The 2005 Cicala is dark ruby red in colour, with intense perfumes of roses, myrtle and bluebery, with notes of blackberies. On the palate is it powerful and ful-bodied, with a lovely, tight tannin structure and the characteristic acidity of Nebbiolo lifting the perfumes and bringing out the savoury, spicy notes on the finish.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcarous-clayey

Production: Skin contact for 30 days during which time fermentation is completed in stainless steel vats. The wine is then racked several times before transfer to large Slavonia oak casks where it is aged and refined for 28 months. The vineyard “Cicala” [meaning: balm-cricket] is about 30-35 years old and its vines are replanted from time to time. The main variety of Nebbiolo is Lampia and its rootstock is Rupestris du Lot.

Alcohol (%) 14.5%